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Harklights Review

Adventure Stories Debuts of the Month Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

Tim Tilley’s charming fantasy adventure set in a green forest world combines fairy tale magic with a powerful ecological message

May 2021 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2021

Wick lives in Harklights Match Factory and Orphanage. Run by the cruel and wicked Old Ma Bogey it is a terrible place of suffering for all the children who live there. When Wick escapes to the dangerous ‘outside’ he is adopted by the Hobs, tiny people who live a green life and devote themselves to looking after the forest and everything that lives in it. But Wick soon discovers that there are great dangers in the forest, too. And Old Ma Bogey has a hand in them. Guided by the Hobs, Wick discovers that he has a special role to play in saving the environment and all who live in it from the forces of evil.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2021

Gaspard's Foxtrot by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

The Lightning Catcher by Clare Weze

Harklights by Tim Tilley

A Turtle's View of the Ocean Blue by Catherine Barr

Daddy, Don't Let Go! by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons and Chris Riddell

Harklights Synopsis

Our story begins in the gothic Harklights Match Factory and Orphanage, where our hero Wick works tirelessly for the dreadful Old Ma Bogey. He dreams only of escaping, until one day a bird drops something impossible and magical at his feet - a tiny baby in an acorn cradle...As midnight chimes, Wick is visited by the Hobs who are miniature protectors of the forest. Grateful for the kindness shown to their stolen child, they offer Wick the chance of a lifetime - to escape from Harklights and begin a new life with them in the wild...

Wick has always lived in the dark and dreadful Harklights Match Factory and Orphanage, working tirelessly for greedy Old Ma Bogey. He only dreams of escaping, until one day a bird drops something impossible and magical at his feet - a tiny baby in an acorn cradle...

As midnight chimes, Wick is visited by the Hobs, miniature protectors of the forest. Grateful for the kindness shown to their stolen child, they offer Wick the chance of a lifetime - escape from Harklights and begin a new life with them in the wild...

Winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize, Harklights is a magical story celebrating family, friendship and the natural world, filled with a message of hope for our times.

Harklights Press Reviews

A charming fairytale adventure with an enduring ecological message - Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart

A story full of love, detail, and nature. - Nicola Penfold, author of Where the World Turns Wild

Harklights simply glows with wild magic - Sophie Kirtley, author of The Wild Way Home

Entirely captivating - Zillah Bethell, author of The Shark Caller

Harklights is a magical and visual delight. A thought provoking ode to nature and how we must look after it. - A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets

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ISBN: 9781474966603
Publication date: 13/05/2021
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474966603
Publication date: 13th May 2021
Author: Tim Tilley
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Ecological and Environmental, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: The Worst Witch, What To Read Next?,

About Tim Tilley

Tim Tilley grew up on the outskirts of Leicester, and studied Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Martins. He works as a freelance illustrator for editorial and design clients and teaches children's book illustration at City Lit in London.

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